Title:  Press Operator

Requisition ID:  2248

Staunton, VA, US, 24401

Department:  Hourly Plant & Mill (Except Maintenance Roles)
Travel:  No Travel Required


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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


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Our Staunton, VA facility to looking for a Press Operator for our Printing department. This position will be responsible for leading the operation of the press, which would include overall start-up, shut-down and day-to-day procedures and maintenance of the printing press, while operating in a safe, efficient and accurate manner.

Primary Responsibilities are, but not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for a wide variety of production related tasks
  • Verifies and follows production schedules, job specifications and instructions
  • Responsible for make-ready, set up and operation of press
  • Follows quality control procedures to obtain high quality and ensure customer satisfaction
  • Monitors all printing and press related processes and makes necessary adjustments
  • Performs basic troubleshooting
  • Completes job logs, production and quality paperwork
  • Responsible for all cleaning, preventative maintenance of presses
  • Provides direction, training, guidance to crew members
  • Follows all company safety requirements
  • Comply with all company rules and regulations
  • Performs other duties as required to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the company


An individual in this position must be able to learn and demonstrate the following skills;

  • Proficient in reading, writing and speaking to receive and give directions and instructions
  • Perform mathematical functions as related to press operations
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve printing problems
  • Enhanced listening skills and ability to follow directions
  • Safely perform all tasks on and around press equipment
  • Knowledge of printing processes
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Understands and operates Color Management System
  • Understands and operates Quality Management System
  • Understands and operates Press Console Functions
  • Understands all technical functions of printing press


Essential Job Functions include the following:

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally (1-10% of the time) lift up to20 pounds
  • Frequently (11-33% of the time) lift up to 50 pounds; from floor to waist
  • Frequently (34-66% of the time) standing and walking
  • Occasionally (1-33% of the time) bending, squatting, climbing, reaching above the shoulder and at waist level or lower, stretching, twisting, pushing, pulling, carrying, kneeling, grasping stooping, and fingering
    • Push/Pull force of 50 pounds for distance of 200’
    • Carrying up to 28 pounds
  • Not at all (0% of the time) sitting or crawling
  • Must be able to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes; safety glasses, steel toed-shoes, gloves when working using chemical, ear plugs and cut resistant gloves. Per our quality standards, you must also wear a hair-net


Job Requirements:

  • At one year of professional working experience, preferred in a manufacturing environment
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Just be willing and able to work weekends and overtime as needed
  • Skills: Mechanical, Reading, Writing and Mathematical
  • Must be willing and able to work either 8-hours shifts; 5 days a week OR 12-hour shifts (rotating days on and off) with required overtime on weekends and during the week to meet production needs and cover vacation


Job Preferred:

  • Preferred at least five years of experience, preferably in the printing industry

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia